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New settlement allows civilian review of NYPD surveillance

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Residents of New York City are on their way to having new oversight of their police department’s counterterrorism operations, which often includes surveillance. 

A new settlement filed Monday would permit a civilian representative to report police to a judge whenever the representative feels officers violate guidelines that restrict how far police can go in monitoring religious and political groups. The lawsuit stems from NYPD surveillance of Muslims, some of whom sued the city over that surveillance in 2013.

The representative will also be privy to how the NYPD runs its surveillance investigations, and will be allowed to stick around until the NYC mayor gets court approval to remove the person. The deal still needs to get final approval from U.S. District Judge Charles Haight.  Read more…

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Seth Meyers takes his 'Closer Look' at Trump's 'sloppy and discriminatory' Muslim ban

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Here’s the Seth Meyers break down we’ve been waiting for.

In the segment’s latest edition, the Late Night host takes “A Closer Look” at the second consecutive weekend of nationwide protests against Donald Trump – and more specifically, at the “sloppy and discriminatory” ban he issued against refugees and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Watch the host aptly flame our new president above.

Can’t wait to see what next weekend brings us.

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2 big names in video games take on Trump's immigration ban

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The Trump administration’s immigration ban has prompted a fast response from two of the bigger names in the world of video games: Vlambeer and Playdots.

Starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Vlambeer — the Dutch studio behind Ridiculous Fishing, Luftrausers, and Nuclear Throne — pledged to donate all revenue from the subsequent 24 hours to the American Civil Liberties Union. Co-founder Rami Ismail noted that the donations were prompted by the ACLU’s “opposition to the #MuslimBan.”

Ismail is an outspoken voice in game development, having fought hard in the past for the rights of indie developers. More recently, he’s turned his attention toward the increasingly divisive efforts of the Trump administration; this was highlighted in a string of tweets on Saturday. Read more…

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In the chaos of the Muslim ban, the rule of man trumps the rule of law

Donald J Trump’s executive order banning Muslims from entering the US threw the world into chaos yesterday, as US citizens, lawful permanent residents and visa holders found themselves stranded abroad, detained at airports on arrival to the USA, or helplessly waiting outside immigration checkpoint for news of sick and vulnerable family members who were held incommunicado by US immigration officials who refused to obey a US federal court order.
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Thanks to Trump ties, #DeleteUber campaign grows on social media

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Links to President Donald Trump are shaping up to be a liability for Silicon Valley’s golden boys. Case in point: Uber. 

The hashtag #DeleteUber has been spreading on social media amid protests against Trump’s Muslim travel ban. The ride hailing service was accused of “strike breaking” in New York Saturday, while others condemned remarks made by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick indicating he would work with the president. 

In a statement, Kalanick said the “ban will impact many innocent people.” He added that the company would compensate drivers stranded outside the country for the next three months. Read more…

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Airbnb offers free housing to those affected by Muslim travel ban

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Airbnb said it will help those affected by Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban on Saturday, but is yet to share the fine print.

The company’s cofounder and CEO Brian Chesky wrote on Facebook that Airbnb will provide free housing to refugees and people not in their home city who are denied the ability to board flights.

“We have 3M homes, so we can definitely find people a place to stay,” he wrote, asking people to reach out to him via his personal email.

An Airbnb spokesperson told Mashable more detail would be shared in the coming days. “We will leverage existing tools, like our disaster response tools, among others,” he added.  Read more…

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Apple, Uber, Netflix, Twitter join corporate rebuke of Trump immigration policy

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Following the internal and public statements from the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft regarding the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, two additional tech heavyweights have now added their voices to the fray. 

On Saturday, in an email obtained by Recode, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the head of the world’s leading tech company, reportedly took a stance against the new policy. 

“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do. I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support,” wrote Cook in the email, according to the report.  Read more…

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Apple, Uber, Netflix, Twitter join corporate rebuke of Trump immigration policy

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Following the internal and public statements from the likes of Google, Facebook and Microsoft regarding the Trump administration’s new immigration policy, two additional tech heavyweights have now added their voices to the fray. 

On Saturday, in an email obtained by Recode, Apple CEO Tim Cook, the head of the world’s leading tech company, reportedly took a stance against the new policy. 

“Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do. I’ve heard from many of you who are deeply concerned about the executive order issued yesterday restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. I share your concerns. It is not a policy we support,” wrote Cook in the email, according to the report.  Read more…

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